Week Three Scores & Recaps

There was another couple of big-time top-10 showdowns in #2 Rabun versus #10 Adairsville and #8 Stephens vs #7 Flowery Branch, as well as #5 Jefferson grappling with fringe top-10 team St. Pius X. Towns and Union squared off. That and much more. Here’s what went down in Week Three.

#5 Jefferson 23, St. Pius X 0

The Dragons outdueled St. Pius as the two stellar defenses didn’t allow much. Owen Botts’ 27-yd FG gave the Dragons a 3-0 lead until 30 seconds left in the second, when Max Aldridge hit Elijah Dewitt with a ridiculous 22-yd TD. The 10-0 lead held until the fourth, when Sammy Brown scored from 4 yards out after an interception by Bowman Horn. Shontez Porter added another TD for good measure as the #5 Dragons won their second in a row.

#2 Rabun County 72, #10 Adairsville 36

The Cats rolled up a gigantic lead early. Keegan Stover and Jaden Gibson quickly got a pair of TDs, one for 20 and the next for 64 yards to take a quick 14-0 lead. Stover found Willie Goowyn connected on a 34-yd TD still in the first to make it 21-0. Adairsville finally struck back to pull within 21-7. Still in the first, Stover again found Gibson with a 32-yd TD, in which the latter shook off a pair of tackles to will his way into the end zone. Adairsville again struck back to get to 28-14 to end the first. In the second, Stover then found a Noah Legault streaking through the middle, and resulted in a 30-yd TD to push it up to 35-14. A 38-yd TD run by Lang Windham advanced it to 42-14. The visitors cut it again to 42-21, but just before the half, Rabun got another Stover TD, a 12-yd score to Legault as the Cats went up 49-21. In the third, Stover found Gibson once again for a 10-yd TD, giving him a SEVENTH TD pass, and push it up to 55-28 Cats. A 53-yd TD from Stover to Goodwyn again made fireworks, and gave Rabun a 62-28 lead and EIGHT TD passes for Stover. A Windham 2-yd TD made it 69-28 still in the third. With a running clock in the fourth, a field goal came by Marcus Remillard from 37 out to cap the scoring for Rabun. The 72 points is a school record (besting 71 accomplished twice), and is the fourth-ever 70-point game for Rabun. Stover’s 8 TD passes in a single game is also a school record, and is tied for second in state history.

#8 Stephens County 27, #7 Flowery Branch 11

Javin Gordon put the game on ice with a late third quarter TD to make it 27-11, and the score would hold from there. A 21-3 Stephens County lead held until a TD plus 2PC for the Branch made it a 21-11 ballgame. Just before that, Cam Lacy recorded a 99-yd kickoff return for a TD to open the second half. Flowery Branch had taken a brief 3-0 lead before Stephens got a TD before the end of the first.

Union County 49, Towns County 7

Union was up big, 28-7 by the second quarter, rolling on to a 49-7 final in the arch-rival matchup. Towns couldn’t keep ahold of the ball, fumbling multiple times to give Union a short field, and the Panthers converted on those opportunities.

Lumpkin County 48, Franklin County 0

Cooper Scott started the party with a short-yardage TD run before Will Wood got a scoop-n-score to make it 13-0 in the first. Mason Sullens, not to be left out, found the end zone later in the quarter as well as it was 20-0 Lumpkin. Scott again called his own number from a couple yards out, making it suddenly 27-0 in the second. Sullens added his second TD of the night to push the lead up to 34-0, and Scott’s third score made it then 41-0 late in the second. Wood scored from 56 yards out in the third, advancing the score to 48-0, which held to the final horn. Lumpkin moves to 3-0 for the first time since 2006.

Hebron Christian 48, Commerce 34

Early fumbles plagued Commerce as Hebron took a quick 12-0 lead before Jaiden Daniels scored on a 50-yd run to cut the deficit to 12-7. However, HC scored 14 straight after to pull up a 26-7 lead before the second quarter. Daniels got a 63-yd TD to pull the Tigers within 26-14 at the end of one, and his third TD, a 66-yd dagger, made it a 27-21 game. JP Allen got in the mix with a 74-yd TD, giving Commerce a 28-27 marginal lead. By the end of the third, Hebron took a 34-28 lead. Jacarri Huff notched a game-tying 48-yd TD to make it a 34-all tie. Hebron tallied two TDs to secure the win down the stretch.

White County 34, Chestatee 7

Tripp Nix was doing Tripp Nix things. He scored early in the first to set the tone on a 10-yd opening score. Freshman Noel Lammers notched an 8-yd TD run later in the quarter to make it 14-0. With 46 ticks to go in the first, Nix racked up a 46-yd TD pushing it up to 21-0. That held til the third, when Hayden Vandegriff split the uprights on a 35-yd FG and giving the Warriors a 24-0 comfy lead. Late in the third, Nix got his third TD, a 2-yd run, and Vandegriff added a 34-yd FG in the fourth to make it 34-0 in favor of White County. Chestatee notched its score late.

Banks County 21, Oglethorpe County 14

The Leopards went back and forth with Oglethorpe, and the teams entered the final stanza in a 14-14 gridlock. The defense held strong for Banks County, and the Leopards got a game-winning TD to earn back-to-back wins to open the season. Banks County was tied up at 7 after one, and Oglethorpe went up 14-7 going into the half after a punt block was recovered for a TD. Banks tied it up before the end of the third, setting up the thrilling final quarter.

Dawson County 30, North Hall 13

Dawson got going early when Cade Moledor got a 21-yd TD run for the 7-0 lead. The Tigers took a 13-0 lead going into the second. An Elijah Smith score advanced it to 20-0 as Dawson seemingly put the game out of reach. Dom LeBlanc notched a field goal, and North Hall got a late first half score making it a 23-7 ballgame. It got dicey when the Trojans opened the second half with a score to pull within 23-13. Matt Bennett’s fourth quarter TD run from 5 yards out gave the Tigers the 30-13 win.

OTHER LOCAL GAMES OF INTEREST

  • East Jackson 26, West Hall 0
  • East Hall 14, Johnson 13
  • #1 Buford 21, #3 North Cobb 14
  • Hart County 28, Apalachee 7
  • #5 Gainesville 23, #10 Monroe Area 13
  • Lakeview Academy vs Pacelli (Missing Score)
  • Central Gwinnett 17, Jackson County 13
  • Stratford 42, Riverside 20 (Thursday)

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